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Quiet Reflections

Quiet Moments with OUR Lord

 Alleluia Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia!

                        

EASTER SUNDAY


This week’s reflection is the last one in the series of ‘Quiet Moments with Our Lord’. At this present time, we have no plans for a new series. It all depends on where our Country and our Churches are after the relaxation of restrictions. Hopefully, Quiet Days at St. Chad’s Church will be able to resume once more when it is safe to do so – but – everything is in God’s hands, along with many prayers for direction. As was written in a previous week’s reflection - this is a time of renewal and refreshment and to explore new ways and new ideas.

So, let’s put that kettle on once more, enjoy some biscuits – then – say out loud.

‘ALLELUIA CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED ALLELUIA’!


OPENING PRAYER


Creator of life, in raising Christ Jesus up, through, out of, and beyond the chains of death, You opened for us the way to eternal and abundant life.

May our Alleluia’s on this day float high above the ceiling of what we think we know and transcend to the heaven of what we believe – and thus live.

Raise us up! Renew our lives! Resurrect our dreams! Through Jesus Christ our Living Saviour. Amen.

 

HYMN – ‘BECAUSE HE LIVES’ by Matt Maher

I believe in the Son
I believe in the risen One
I believe, I overcome
By the power of His blood

Amen, Amen
I'm alive, I'm alive, because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends

Because He lives

I was dead in the grave
I was covered in sin and shame
I heard mercy, call my name
He rolled the stone away

Amen, Amen
I'm alive, I'm alive, because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
Every fear is gone

I know (I know) He holds (He holds) my life (my life)
My future in His hands

Amen, Amen
I'm alive, I'm alive, because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends

Amen, Amen
I'm alive, I'm alive, because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends

Because He lives
Because He lives

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Jason Ingram / Chris Tomlin / Matt Maher / Daniel Carson / William J. Gaither / Edmond Martin Cash / Gloria L. Gaither

Because He Lives (Amen) lyrics © Alletrop Music, Worshiptogether.com Songs, Sixsteps Music, Worship Together Music, Hanna Street Music, S.d.g. Publishing, Sixsteps Songs

 

For those who have internet access

Matt Maher - Because He Lives (Amen) [Official Lyric Video] - YouTube

 

REFLECTION

 

Today we celebrate the joys of Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ – Alleluia!!  A time for Hope and new beginnings and today for thousands of Christians in the UK, what a way to celebrate, the coming together once more in our Churches and services outside!! To listen to hymns of Praise, to pray together to Worship and to fill our churches with flowers. Yes, a time to celebrate indeed!


For some of us, there will be dawn services. I recall so vividly, the dawn services that Jess and I took part in, on the foreshore in Hastings, Australia. A group of us, worshipping as one, taking part in our Holy Communion Service, as we sat and watched the rising of the Sun – just as the Son of God had risen – Glorious!!


Yes, Easter Sunday a time of happiness after such a difficult week – it makes you feel like running down the street and shouting ‘Jesus is Risen!’


A poem for you to read and reflect on.


In the beginning The Lord God planted a garden

facing the rising sun.

Adam was the gardener, and all was very good,

until, worming its way, into his mind the idea came that he could do things his way.


And the rest was trouble!


But in another garden, The Risen Son, Adam renewed,

appearing as a gardener, brought new beginning, and showed that through God’s Grace,

All can be life.


Like the season of Spring, that brings new life, new beginnings – blossom on the trees, bulbs pushing their way through the soil, daffodils dancing in the breeze.


Our Spiritual season of Spring can be a time of refreshment and renewal. A time of awakening, engagement, fruitfulness, and a time of showing how we are living for Christ. The season of Spring can cause stirrings within us, a time to nurture our ‘Spiritual Fruits’.


On That Good Friday, over 2,000 years ago, Our Lord Jesus Christ, died on a cross so cruelly, he died so that we may live. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins – He took the blame, because He loves us.


On that first Easter Sunday, we were Blessed with the news of ‘The Risen Lord’ New hope! New beginnings!

How much do we show our Love for Jesus in return?

‘Alleluia Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia!’

 

CLOSING PRAYER


We thank you that Easter is not about a people, but all people, that your Love and your Salvation are for all who confess with voices, hearts, and lives that the tomb is empty because Jesus is risen. That we might know forgiveness. That lives might be reborn, and your name glorified, now and for eternity. Amen.

 

Acknowledgement Re:Worship Prayers – Poem Watching for the Kingfisher by Ann  Lewin